[Buddha-l] Re: H.H. The Dalai Lama on Stone and Karma

[DPD Web] Shen Shi'an shian at kmspks.org
Tue Jun 17 19:35:32 MDT 2008

The probable source of the idea translated from a Chinese saying goes -

Bodhisattvas fear causes. (Pu2 Sa4 Wei4 Yin1)
Ordinary beings fear effects. (Zhong4 Sheng1 Wei4 Guo3)

That is to say, while the wise dread planting seeds of negative karma in
the first place (as a preventive measure), the foolish dread the
fruition of unmindfully planted karmic seeds. Yup, prevention is better
than cure of dread of the "disease".

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Austin [mailto:mike at lamrim.org.uk] 
Sent: Tuesday, 17 June, 2008 10:10 PM
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Subject: Re: [Buddha-l] Re: H.H. The Dalai Lama on Stone and Karma

In message <Pine.SOC.4.64.0806172138070.19902 at suna0.comp.nus.edu.sg>, 
Wong Weng Fai <wongwf at comp.nus.edu.sg> writes

>"Ordinary people only see the fruits and ignore the causes.
> The wise ones only concern themselves with the causes and ignore the
> fruits."

Quite so. The purpose of the teachings on karma is more to address one's

present behaviour, not to speculate on one's past behaviour. And even 
less to speculate on the behaviour, past or present, of others.

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